The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 9

The Strong Arms of the Ma

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2003 on FOX

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  • Marge finally stand up for herself

    This is my 6th fave episode of the Simpsons.I love the way Marge stood up for herself to the robber but why was she hiding in the basement.Really cool idea and I will love the simpsons forever
  • mediocre

    what i liked- the eye on springfield opening, marge getting revenge on the robber, the tetris parody, marge pepper-spraying ralph. that's about it. this episode was kind of random. i mean, marge on steroids is a weird plot description, but the episode itself is somehow weirder. The way she acts throughout the episode is not really how one would think she's act, but that's probably because one wouldn't think she would do steroids. C- or so as my final grade
  • After being attacked, Marge compensates by building up her body.

    The Simpson family goes to Rainier Wolfcastle's Bankruptcy Garage Sale, where everything that he owns is up for sale at throwaway prices. Homer asks Rainier if he has anything that will go up in value when he dies and is shown his old weight-lifting set, complete with dumbbells and bench press. Homer takes it and packs everything in the car in the style of a Tetris game. The car ends up being so overpacked that Homer ends up being carried home by Rainier Wolfcastle in an adult sized baby harness built for an adult. On the way home, Marge and the kids smell something awful. They pinpoint the source to Maggie. Marge quickly pulls into the Kwik-E-Mart, and Apu is reluctant about letting Marge use the restroom, but when he smells Maggie, he allows it. Later, as Marge comes out with a much sweeter-smelling Maggie, a shady character in a Goofy hat accosts her and threatens her with a gun. Finding only diapers in Marge's purse, he grabs Marge's pearl necklace and takes off. Marge, stunned, walks to her car in a daze and breaks down sobbing at the wheel in front of her kids. The next day, they inform the cops and Chief Wiggum declares he will get on it right away. Later, as Marge is about to leave the house, Homer gives her some pepper spray and some tips on how to handle an attacker. She pulls up to the Kwik-E-Mart, but she is scared when Ralph greets her. She pepper-sprays him, and feeling guilty, she drives back home where it's safe. When she reaches home, Bart tells her she is parked over the mailman. Marge is a nervous wreck and cannot bring herself to cross the threshold of her house. Homer and the kids try their level best to encourage her to go outside, but to no avail. Finally, she moves into the basement. There, feeling a bit safer, she prepares breakfast for the family and sets up a bed for herself. One day, when she is alone at home, feeling bored but still afraid to venture outside, she eyes Rainier Wolfcastle's weight-lifting set and decides to use it to pass the time. In two weeks, she builds herself up and even gets a well-defined washboard stomach (much to Homer's delight). Suddenly, she dashes out to the garden to get some lemons. Realising that she is not afraid anymore, she starts running around town in happiness. Suddenly, she runs into her mugger, who tries to assault her again. But this time, she beats him so intensely he is left a bloody mess. The cops arrive and arrest the crook. Marge, pumped after catching the crook, starts exercising even more (to the theme from Rocky). One day, as she jogs by an open-air gym at the beach, an accurate portrayal of Muscle Beach in Venice, California, she runs into Ruth Powers, her old neighbor from "New Kid on the Block" and "Marge on the Lam". Ruth, pretty buffed herself, tells Marge that she owes it all to steroids. She talks Marge into using them, attacking her inability to stop trying to be stronger, and also attacking her wish not to be weak and helpless, she also advises Marge to enter a women's bodybuilding contest. Marge, using the steroids, exercises harder than ever, becoming heavily musculed. At the contest, despite her massive training, she wins second prize. This puts Marge in a bad mood. Later that night, at Moe's, Homer and a whole lot of other male Springfieldians are celebrating, Homer tries to calm the angry Marge down. Due to the steroids and other drugs, she has become extremely short-tempered and powerful, a recipe for disaster. After Homer goes to the bathroom, she gets mad at Moe for saying she isn't attractive anymore and proceeds to beat up everyone at the bar. Finally, when Homer comes out and sees the "Muscle Marge", he pleads with her to look inside her and find the sweet, loving Marge and to lay off the steroids. Marge, horrified with what she has done, apologizes and leaves with Homer. Moe, in order to cover the costs of repairing his bar, sets fire to it; however, Carl points out that he has not insured the place yet. Later, at the Simpson house, Marge burns the weight set in the furnace (despite being metal) as the show ends. Homer asks if Marge is ready for a "real workout" which turns out to be a request to wax the car.
  • Marge uses steroids.

    The family attends Rainier Wolfcastle's bankruptcy sale and purchase a weight bench. Homer makes his own way home as there is no room for him in the car. Marge gets mugged in an alley on the way home, which results in a fear of leaving the house. This soon escalates to her living in the basement. She discovers the weight bench and begins to work out. Eventually she grows stronger to the point where she can protect herself, so she leaves the house and meets Ruth Powers at a women's bodybulding clinic. Ruth introduces Marge to steroids, but she marginally misses out on winning a bodybuilding contest. She puts this down to being too feminine. She starts a fight at Moe's Tavern but Homer makes her realize steroids have turned her into everything she stood against. The weight bench is burnt and things return to normal. Really imformative on the effects of steroids. Marge was very creppy tho as a roided up freak. Give it a watch!
  • Shows the effects of steroids on a person...

    When Marge gets mugged, she becomes agoraphobic and can't leave the safety of her home. She holes up in the basement and starts working out on a weight set. She gets stronger and stronger, enough so that she's able to re-enter the world and beat up the man who robbed her, but she takes it too far and becomes a steroid-crazed bully as she beefs up for the "Iron Maiden Fitness Pageant." When Homer appeals to her to calm down, she finally relents and goes back to being the old Marge. Good episode show's the effects of steroids, and what they can do to you.
  • See Marge. See Marge get mugged. See Marge get agorophobia. See Marge get buff. See Marge get roid rage.

    The first time I saw this, I was amused. I saw it again earlier tonight and, while still somewhat amused, wondered why I was as amused the first time around.

    What I really don't get is why one or two of the other reviewers labeled there reviews "informative." If this episode was informative, so was the one where Homer gained 60 some odd pounds to get out of the excersize at work program and collect disability.

    I did realize some irony in Marge's character after seeing the part where she decides to take steroids after going off on her little anti-drug speil. For someone with occasional high morals, she gets talked into going against them very easily, then goes all extremo in whatever she's talked into doing.
  • Entertaining and informative

    Although it is unlike marge to take steroids, this episode does show the side effects of the usage and the episode works quite well. there are some great scenes throughout the episodes such as the re-enactment that homer, bart and lisa come up with (Lisa: i'm a magazine rack). The scene at Moes was terrific and a great way for Marge to figure out what she was doing, destroying the tavern (not to mention the barflies). I also liked the start with homer using the family and shopping as tetris to fit in the car. a risky episode that turned out well, strong arms of the ma is definitely wort watching.
  • a look at the effects of steroids

    this episodes shows some of the effect of steroids and how if you abuse them they can have strange effects like in family guy when peter go's into the pharmacy and the guy behind the counter thinks he wants some steroids and says how those women on espn get big hair faces and their breast become like flapjacks
  • Very good storyline.

    Marge gets mugged and is too scared to go outside. Having to live in the basement this makes things hard. She sees a weight-set while down there and decides to toughen up. She soon becomes so strong she best up the mugger and soon gains enough power to beat up everyone in Springfeild. She goes so crazy she sabotages Moe's and leaves everyone lying on the floor on their face! It's a very exciting episode with a good moral. Don't try and win over everyone because everyone will become your enemy! I very much loved this! And ithas a funny title. Strong Marge is kinda cool, and when she knocked sense out fo the mugger I laughed and felt she had revenge. Also, that plan they had to make Marge unafraid was halirious! Bart was Apu and Milhouse wasthe mugger which scared Marge so much she couldn't go upstairs again. ne of the modern and funny episodes, 'Strong Arms of he Ma' was a great one.